Little House Living ~ Hand Sanitizer

by Merissa on October 28, 2009

in Little House Living

Here's a great recipe that I found the other day and I thought it was perfect for this time of year!

Homemade Hand Sanitizer

Rubbing Alcohol: 4 parts

Aloe Vera Gel: 6 parts(use a plain kind)

Tea Tree Oil: a few drops

Mix together and put in an old soap dispenser. If you want to make it smell better ad a few drops of Lavender oil. (Lavender oil is also an antibacterial oil)
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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Patricia June 22, 2013 at 6:18 pm

I am very frugal and love all your ideas!


2 Hazel July 26, 2013 at 8:47 am

What do you mean by parts?


3 Merissa July 26, 2013 at 10:09 am

Lets say you need to add 1 part water to 2 parts vinegar for a recipe…that means you’d add 1 cup of water and 2 cups of vinegar, or if you add 2 cups of water then you’d add 4 cups of vinegar.


4 Candy Gardner July 29, 2013 at 2:59 pm

What can you use in place of the alcohol? A 4 year old girl in pre-school licked her hands after using hand sanitizer, and was rushed to the hospital. They had to pump her stomach and treat her for several days before releasing her. The alcohol did some liver damage. You never know what little children will do, so I need something without alcohol.


5 Merissa July 29, 2013 at 3:05 pm

I’ve been trying to find something without alcohol but it’s nearly impossible. I think the best substitute in this case would be regular hand washing or maybe even just carrying wet wipes.


6 Rae September 20, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Witch Hazel is a MUCH better option that rubbing alcohol. The tea tree oil (use more than a few drops) is antibacterial so the alcohol is not needed. I use about 1 cup pure aloe vera gel, 2-3 TBSP low alcohol content witch hazel, choose…30 drops tea tree and 10-15 drops lavender EO…OR…40-45 drops Four Thieves Oil, and 8-10 drops vitamin E oil to preserve. Works great!


7 Angelica August 26, 2013 at 9:26 pm

This is a really good idea! It’s way better than the horrible Bath and Body Works hand sanitizer! It has chemicals in them that increases your chance of CANCER!!!


8 Angelica August 27, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Do you have to use aloe vera? I don’t have any and its pretty expensive. Are there any substitutes for aloe vera?


9 Merissa August 28, 2013 at 7:45 am

You may be able to use something else but I would recommend Aloe Vera, it will keep your hands from drying out. Check at a health foods store…you should be able to find it for less.


10 Melanie January 26, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Bulk Apothecary has Aloe Vera at a decent price. I haven’t tried it yet, but I love their other products!


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